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... ignition key, Personal Computer, firehouses

by Florence Shea

August is National Water Quality Month.

American Adventures Month is August.

Win with Civility Month is also this month.

Walter Hunt invented the safety pin in 1829.

The Papins Digester, invented by Denis Papin in 1679 is a pressure cooker.

The ignition key was introduced to cars for the first time in 1949.

In 1871 Scott Wheeler patented wrapping paper.

Calamity Jane (Martha Jane Canary) died of pneumonia following a bout of heavy drinking.

Chicago gangster Al Capone died in 1947 from syphilis.

Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, died in 1796 as the result of a stroke, while going to the bathroom.

Spanish moss is a close relative of the pineapple.

The electric doorbell was invented by Joseph Henry in 1831.

Time Magazine’s “Man” of the Year in 1982: The Personal Computer.

Lewis Carroll wrote Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland standing up.

Hostess Twinkies are 68% air.

Elvis had a pet monkey named Scatter.

Colgate’s first toothpaste came in a jar.

Each year, 30,000 people are seriously injured by exercise equipment.

English novelist Arnold Bennet drank a glass of water in a Paris hotel to prove it was safe. He died two months later of Typhoid.

A polar bear’s skin is black. Its fur is not white, but actually clear.

The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of yore when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.

August 1, 2014

    Sources: wikipedia.org; triviaplaying.com; corsinet.com; danhersam.com; funfunnyfacts.com; qsl.net

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